AGM and Chairman's Report
29th May 2013
Catchlight Camera Club had its AGM on Wednesday 29 May, with a total of 21 members in attendance, and the following Club Officers were appointed for next Season:

Club Chairman - Ross McKelvey
Vice Chairman - Terry McCreesh
Treasurer - Liam O'Reilly
NIPA Rep - Gary McCulloch

Additional Committee Members:
Brendan Gallagher
Paul Jepps
Caroline Hughes
Melissa Gordon

The Chairman's Report was as follows:


This has been a difficult year in many respects, with forming a brand new Camera Club at very short notice, and trying to arrange a suitable venue but I am pleased to say that I believe everything is progressing nicely – we have a new base at Finaghy Community Centre, a base which will allow us to increase our membership and function more like a traditional camera club. My thanks to Kirth Ferris and Catchlight Studio for allowing us to use the studio as a temporary home until we got established.
In terms of competition, Catchlight did unbelievably well – coming an extremely close 2nd place in the overall Top Club Competition, winning the Mono Section by a considerable margin, and also winning the Novice Mono Section. The fact that our former Club BPIC finished 4th, and Catchlight 2nd, proves to me that the time was ripe for a new smaller Club. Essentially it proves what I have said all along, namely that a Club like BPIC could often have selected 2 or 3 full entries for any particular Round, and still compete at the Top of N.Ireland Camera Clubs.
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the smooth running of the Club in difficult circumstances, particularly when we did not have a proper programme, and were having problems staying much after 9.00pm at Conway Mill. Thankfully our new base is much more accommodating, allowing us to stay comfortably after 10pm. Thanks to all our Committee members for carrying out their various roles with diligence throughout the season.
My thanks to everyone who ensured that Catchlight’s standard of entry into the Inter Club Competitions, the Will McCrum Memorial Cup, as well as events like the NIPA Annual Exhibition, were maintained to a high standard. Our performance in the forthcoming East Antrim Open Exhibition remains to be seen, but approximately 10 members have already been notified that they have been successful in having something selected. Well done all!
I cannot fail to mention my own surprise and delight at obtaining the MPAGB award at Birmingham in April – the culmination of an ambition I have held ever since I first became aware of the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit.

Going forward, we hope to arrange a full and varied programme for next Season, and potentially open the doors for a number of new members. It has been an interesting exercise running a club with limited numbers, but ultimately unless the majority of members attend on a regular basis, a low turn out does not do justice to the varied programme we provide, and what we are trying to achieve. The likelihood is therefore, that with a larger meeting room, we will invite and attract a larger membership next Year.
I encourage all of you to get involved in the management of the Club, and look to help those in charge organising the weekly meetings, events and competitions.
I believe we have a bright future as a Club, and I encourage you to make good use of the Summer Season to gather up plenty of material for next year’s competitions. In particular, it would be great to see more members go for photographic distinctions such as the LRPS, LIPF or CPAGB.

Chairman 2013
** First Season almost over **
12th May 2013
The inaugural season for Catchlight Camera Club has almost finished, and with only a couple of meetings left, the onus now switches to the appointment of Officers for next Season, and the preparation of a fresh programme of events for the new Season in September.

Catchlight Camera Club now has the use of a large meeting room at Finaghy Community Centre, and the likelihood is that we will be open to new members come September 2013. So if you are interested in joining us next Season, please register your interest now by using the 'contact' section of the Club website.

The Club came 2nd overall in the NIPA Top Club Competition, and won the Mono prints Section by a large margin, as well as the Novice Mono print Section. Other highlights of our first Season were the members' successes in the Will McCrum Cup; the NIPA Annual Exhibition; and the NIPA Top Print & PDI Competition.

With an expanding membership we hope to establish Catchlight Camera Club as one of the Province's top Clubs, with lots of opportunities to improve our members photography through competition and gaining distinctions. We currently have 8 members with Photographic Distinctions - from LIPF, LRPS, ARPS, and CPAGB up to MPAGB - all of whom will be only too glad to assist newcomers to Club Photography.

Catchlight Camera Club Committee
* Composite Competition *
08th May 2013
Catchlight Members were given the opportunity to photograph a subject against a plain background a couple of weeks ago, and then tasked with cutting out the subject and placing it into a 'sky' type background - to create a 'digital composite.' The exercise was aimed to demonstrate to members that digital composites can be relatively easily achieved by people of all levels in photoshop - even with 'fur' and long strands of hair to be selected.
The starting point - just a model against a plain background:

The competition was won by photoshop wizard Gerald Gribbon, with John Lawell coming a close 2nd. The variety of the composites was great to see, and hopefully members will now become more confident in what they can create in photoshop from their pictures.

The winning composite by Gerald Gribbon:

Second Place John Lawell:

Other entries:

Catchlight Photographer of the Year
02nd May 2013
On Wednesday 1st May, we held the Photographer of the Year Competition, with each member entitled to enter one mono print and one colour print. All images had to have been taken on or after 7th March when the competition was announced. The judge for the evening was Bob Given DPAGB LBIPP from Ballynahinch Camera Club, who provided excellent feedback and critique for all the images. In the Advanced Section, 3rd place was shared by Melissa Gordon LIPF and Paul Hanley LRPS; 2nd place was Ross McKelvey MPAGB BPE3*, and the overall winner was Martin Courtney AIPF.
In the Novice section it was a tie between Dean Irvine and Keith Wilson, with Dean Irvine winning the judge's final nod to be the Catchlight Camera Club Novice of the Year.

In the mono print section, 3rd place went to Melissa Gordon LIPF :

2nd Place was Martin Courtney AIPF :

And 1st place was Ross McKelvey MPAGB BPE3* :

The Top Novice Mono print was a tie between Keith Wilson and Matt McHugh.

Keith Wilson:

In the Colour Section, several people were in third place.
2nd place went to Dean Irvine :

1st place went to Martin Courtney AIPF :

In joint third place overall was Paul Hanley LRPS with the following 2 images:

** You Tube Tutorial - Dodge & Burn **
30th April 2013
An excellent tutorial on burn and dodge technique, using curves:

** MPAGB Success **
22nd April 2013
Catchlight Camera Club is thrilled to announce that Ross McKelvey has been awarded the MPAGB Distinction at Birmingham on Sunday 21 April! The MPAGB (Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) is the highest accolade available to a Club Photographer - and this is only the second time the Distinction has been achieved by a N.Ireland photographer.

20 prints were judged by 6 Judges according to the 'highest standard of UK Photography' with an overall pass mark required of 450 points. Unlike a Fellowship application, where 20 prints are submitted as a single panel, with the MPAGB, the 20 prints are viewed and scored independently of each other. Ross scored 457 points, with every single image scoring in the range 20 - 28 points.

The Top Scoring Print was 'Stephen' with 28 points, which reflected its success at National & International level:

Likewise, 2 prints which between them have won numerous FIAP & PAGB Medals scored 26 and 24 respectively, 'Seana' and 'Subway Muscle':

'Out of the Blue' and 'Rough Justice' scored 25 points:

The entire panel can be viewed on his website at the following link:
** A Close Call - NIPA Round 5 Results **
20th March 2013
Catchlight Camera Club capped an amazing inaugural season by coming a close 2nd out of the 25 participating camera Clubs, in the NIPA inter-Club Competition, when the Results of the 5th and final Round were announced at Dungannon Camera Club on Wednesday 20 March. Dungannon & Cookstown Club has to be congratulated for the professional manner in which they hosted the final NIPA Round of the Season - an excellent venue, fantastic display system for the prints, and a very generous spread of sandwiches, buns and biscuits for the travelling guests. Thankfully their considerable efforts were rewarded with a great turnout. 9 Catchlight members were in attendance.

Catchlight won the Trophy for the Mono prints Section by a massive 21.5 points, and also won the Novice Mono print Section. Congratulations to everyone in the Club for their efforts during the Season's competition - and congratulations to the Winning Club - CBPPU.

3 Catchlight members got Starred images in Round 5 'Documentary' - all in mono prints. Unfortunately our Colour print and PDI's did not score as well as we would have liked, and we finished 2nd overall, a mere 6.5 points behind CB! Our final total was a hugely creditable 503 points - averaging 100+ per Round - a tally out of the reach of most Clubs. As the Club gets more established in its new base, and steadily increases its membership, we hope to give the Top Club title another good shot next Season!

Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB BPE3*
Catchlight Chairman

Starred Mono print - 'Caring' by John Agnew LIPF

Starred Mono print - 'Teenage Kicks' by Kirth Ferris

Starred Mono print - 'Eyes Front' by Novice Member Gary McCulloch

Some of the Clubs's other entries in the 'Documentary Round' -

'Room for One' by Tommy Dickson - a mere 9 points!

'Recreational Rioter' by Gary McCulloch - an incredibly low 8 points for an excellent story telling image. (Would the score have been different if the Judges knew the title? It certainly went down a storm at the Round 5 presentation at Dungannon!)

'Against the Flow' by Gary McCulloch - 10 points

'Sardana' by Paul Hanley LRPS - 9 points!

'Alaoir Fiesta' by Liam O'Reilly - 11 points

The remaining images from the Round 5 entry:

Dark Days' by Tommy Dickson:

'Fijian Baptism' by Paul Jepps:

'A Hard bed' by Paul Hanley LRPS:

'Alaoir Window' by Liam O'Reilly

** 2 FIAP Gold Medals **
07th March 2013
Catchlight Chairman Ross mcKelvey ARPS DPAGB has been awarded 2 FIAP Gold Medals in the Great British Small Print Circuit 2013, as well as an Honourable Mention Award.

The winning prints are shown below:

One White One, One Black One - FIAP Gold Medal

Subway Muscle - FIAP Gold Medal

Geraldo - Honourable Mention

** Catchlight Members success in NIPA Exhibition 2013 **
03rd March 2013
Catchlight Members had considerable success in the NIPA Annual Exhibition 2013 which will shortly be available to view in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB had 4 prints accepted, and was awarded 2nd place and a Silver PAGB Medal in Mono Prints, as well as 2 PAGB Ribbons.
Terry McCreesh was awarded a PAGB Ribbon in PDI's.
Paul Hanley LRPS had 2 mono prints and 1 colour print accepted.
Martin Courtney AIPF had 1 mono print and 2 colour prints accepted.
Melissa Gordon LIPF had a colour print accepted.
Paul Jepps had a colour print accepted.

Well done to everyone!

Terry McCreesh PAGB Ribbon for 'All American.'

Martin Courtney AIPF:

Melissa Gordon LIPF :

Paul Jepps:

Paul Hanley LRPS :

Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB :

PAGB Silver Medal for 'One Black one, One White one'

PAGB Ribbon for 'Underground Glamour'

PAGB Ribbon for 'Top Drawer'

** New Video Tutorial **
02nd March 2013
On Saturday 2 March, the Creative Photo Imaging Club which is affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation held a portrait event at Lansdowne Hotel, Belfast. Ross McKelvey took the mono portrait of 'Geordie' and then prepared a video tutorial highlighting his techniques from the original RAW file:

FIAP Gold Medal in 100th Southampton International Exhibition 2013
27th February 2013
Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB has been awarded a FIAP Gold Medal for the mono print entitled 'Subway Muscle' in the 100th Southampton International Exhibition 2013. This is the 4th major award for this print, following a PSA Silver in Tallaght; a FIAP Silver Medal in Smethwick; and a PAGB Gold Medal in Bromsgrove 2012.

The same print was not even selected for the local NIPA Exhibition in Belfast 2013 - so if you are smarting at your Results from the NIPA Exhibition, do not get down-hearted. The NIPA Exhibition is judged by one person whereas the National and International Exhibitions are judged by 3 experienced Photographic Judges.

** NIPA Round 4 Results**
26th February 2013
Catchlight Members managed 4 Starred images in Round 4 of the NIPA Inter-Club Competition. Patricia McKee got a second NIPA Star for a monochrome print entitled 'Obedient Puppy.' Melissa Gordon got a Star in Colour Prints for 'Teddy Bear Picnic.' And Ross McKelvey got 2 Stars - one in Colour Prints for 'Kathy,' and one in PDI's for 'Snow Queen.'

We scored a total of 108 points in the Round - which equates to an average of 12 points per image over 9 images! Catchlight still lies in 2nd place overall, just 5.5 points behind CBPPU who maintain the lead they have held all season.
All will be decided in the 5th and Final Round - 'Documentary' to be hosted by Dungannon CC on Wednesday 20 March.

**New 'home' for Catchlight Camera Club**
06th February 2013
With immediate effect, the venue for meetings of Catchlight Camera Club will be Finaghy Community Centre, Benmore Drive, off Finaghy Road South.

The Club meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 10.00pm.

Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB
Club Chairman

'Triangles' - NIPA Round 3
02nd February 2013
Triangles was the difficult theme for the NIPA Round 3 competition. The Judges interpreted the theme very strictly, with little room for more 'artistic' interpretation - in other words if the picture did not contain a true triangle, it was marked low - for example the picture of the pool balls below. There may not be a triangle in the picture, but the balls were clearly formed in a triangular shape - however this type of picture did not score well.
As expected there were lots of pictures of the Titanic Building, and the Victoria Centre Roof!
Congratulations to Christian Brothers Camera Club (which was the only Club to score over 100 points in the Round) and managed 6 Starred images overall. CBPPU is now 10.5 points in the overall lead. Catchlight is in second place, 14 points ahead of Banbridge in 3rd place.

Congratulations to Catchlight Member Dean Irvine on his first NIPA Star, and Tommy Dickson who managed 3 Stars!
1. Melissa by Tommy Dickson (Starred in PDI Section)

2. Disney Triangles by Dean Irvine (Starred in mono prints)

3. Tools by Tommy Dickson (Starred in mono prints)

4. Pool Triangle by Patricia McKee. This is the shot of pool balls which does not contain a true triangle and was marked 7 points - despite the composition 'creating' triangles on the bottom left and bottom right on the blue baize, and the balls being arranged in a triangular shape?

5. Triangular Portfolio by Tommy Dickson (Starred in PDI Section)

6. Triangles by Leo McCourt

7. Umbrella by Tommy Dickson. This image surprisingly did not score well either!

Wednesday 30 January - Keith Wilson on Lightroom 4
28th January 2013
This week Catchlight member Keith Wilson will give a presentation on the use of Lightroom, with a particular bias towards workflow, and in particular working at speed using custom filters and keyboard shortcuts. Keith will also demonstrate some retouching techniques using Lightroom, Photoshop plugins and other techniques learnt from YouTube, Kelby Training and courses in Calumet.

Will McCrum Memorial Trophy
09th January 2013
Will McCrum Memorial Cup

CPA Camera Club held the inaugural Will McCrum Memorial Cup competition at Morton Community Centre on Tuesday 8 January 2013. This competition celebrated the life and talents of one of the club and Northern Ireland’s most well loved photographers - Will McCrum ARPS EFIAP.

Known to everyone simply as Will, his contribution to the CPA and the world of photography both nationally and internationally should never be forgotten. The theme for the Competition was 'Portraiture' and prints were 16" minimum on the long side.

The competition was judged by Magnum Photographer, Donovan Wylie, and Catchlight Members provided 4 out of the Top 6 Prints.

Paul Jepps got a Highly Commended print, as did Ross McKelvey. Martin Courtney got 3rd place, and Ross McKelvey was awarded the Trophy for the mono print entitled 'Stephen.'

Paul Jepps print entitled Gerald:

Martin Courtneys Print entitled 'The Joiner:'

The winning print by Ross McKelvey :

Wednesday 9 January
07th January 2013
The Annual NIPA Exhibition is almost upon us, and members are asked to bring along a selection of images they are considering entering - to receive feedback or suggestions as to improvement etc. The mount size for prints is 50cm x 40xm and prints can be submitted until the end of January 2013.

The NIPA Exhibition is an opportunity to have your work framed and displayed in several public places throughout the Year, including the prestigious Waterfront Hall, Belfast. The Exhibition carries PAGB Patronage, with medals and ribbons awarded to the Top Entries in each section.

Members are asked to support this NIPA event and put on a good showing for Catchlight Camera Club.

Catchlight Committee

The Top Mono Print from NIPA Exhibition 2012:

Seana, by Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB

** Royal Photographic Society Biennial Competition **
25th November 2012
A print from Ross McKelvey ARPS DPAGB has been selected as part of the Top 100 Prints which will form the Royal Photographic Society's Biennial Touring Exhibition in 2013. Over 8824 prints were entered from RPS members from all over the World, which means to get selected in the Top 100, it has to be judged in the top 1.2% of entries.

The print, entitled 'Seana' was judged Top Print in the NIPA Annual Exhibition 2012, and has won a total of 7 Medals in National and International Competitions during 2012.

It will now be viewed in venues all over the UK and Overseas during 2013.

** Magazine Cover Success **
09th November 2012
Catchlight Chairman Ross McKelvey has won a Magazine Cover Competition with a Studio Portrait of a local model, Cathy Henning, taken in Catchlight Studio. Professional makeup was applied by Kathy Carroll of The Makeup Boudoir, and the picture is entitled 'Budding Beauty.'
The 'Photography Week' is a digital only magazine, which can be purchased via iTunes or internet download.
The Magazine cover is pictured below: